Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, LGBT, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.
My first LGBTQ+ book
I don’t know how I’ve managed to continue in modern YA without coming across a LGBTQ+ book, well at least one featuring LGBTQ main characters romance. It’s probably because I mainly stick to fantasy and don’t venture into contemporary romance for a while. Anyway moving on. The romance was good! A little strange at first because it was a new reading experience, but I liked the way it built. Though it got a little sappy for a which got on my nerves at times.
I love the magic system
THIS MAGIC SYSTEM IS THE COOLEST THING EVER. It’s not just boring old spells in latin or some other foreign language. The spells in the Simon Snow universe are based on our pop culture. Popular songs, phrases, sayings can have extra meaning in this world an dI loved that so much. It was hilarious seeing phrases like “you can’t touch this” pop up. I laughed so much. And it makes me wonder what types of spells other phrases could be, like “I ship it” and “swag”!
It was highly entertaining
The hilarious spells was only beginning of the fun in CARRY ON. I found so many elements entertaining. The pop culture references was enhanced by some brilliant sarcasm by all lot of the main characters. The writing kept the pages turning even if things were a tad slow at times. And the British slang was amazing to read (I never realised how similar Aussie slang could be to it sometimes until now)
Baz is my favourite
All the characters in CARRY ON were great but Baz was easily my favourite. He took a while to show up, and other characters were creating high expectations of what to expect to him and he met all of them. He was such a dick. A major shit stirrer, sassy, and full of himself. So much fun to read about, but would probably be such a pain in real life. Penelope and Ebb are neck and neck for my favourite side characters. Simon on the other hand was a bit bland for a while and also kind of a stalker…
I want more
CARRY ON just introduced me to such a cool universe and I don’t want to leave it. The magic is so unique and hilarious, the characters so interesting. So much more of the characters and past events could be explored because as much as I loved the world, the actual events of the ending didn’t affect me too much. I didn’t particularly care because I was still missing some emotional connection to a couple of characters involved (for example the Mage. He barely made an appearance in CARRY ON, but was mentioned a lot). I also really wish we could have seen more of Ebb View Spoiler » She was so DAMN POWERFUL! The one fight scene we saw with her was freaking epic. I feel so cheated being teased with it right before she died « Hide Spoiler
CARRY ON was a highly entertaining novel that I think any fans of fantasy will enjoy. It features one of the most interesting magic systems I’ve ever read about, intriguing plot, and great characters. The only thing I can complain about is that I would have like more exploration of some side characters and the villains.